Racing Stripes/My Dog Skip [P&S] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Racing Stripes:
  • Alternate ending
  • Barnyard outtakes
  • reel with Buzz & Scruzz, Goose and more
  • How to make animals talk featurette
  • Acting classes with animals and their trainers
  • Deleted scenes with Stripes, Reggie, and more
  • Buzz & Scruzz's flying fiasco challenge
  • Virtual comic book The Racing Stripes Prequel
  • The Music of Racing Stripes with Sting and Bryan Adams
  • Commentary by director Federik Du Chau
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • My Dog Skip:
  • Additional scenes
  • 2 Commentaries
  • 1) Frankie Muniz and animal trainer Mathilde De Cagney
  • 2) Director Jay Russell
  • Willie Morris biography
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

My Dog Skip
The popular memoir by Pulitzer prize-winning author Willie Morris became this family comedy-drama about a boy and his dog. Young Willie Morris (Frankie Muniz) is a shy eight-year-old in 1942 Yazoo, MS, who is more comfortable reading than playing sports. A target for local bullies, Willie's only real pal is his older next-door neighbor Dink Jenkins (Luke Wilson), once the town's living sports legend and a big brother figure to Willie, an only child. When Dink is shipped overseas for service in World War II, Willie's mother Ellen (Diane Lane) finally forces his gruff father Jack (Kevin Bacon) to allow into the family a pet dog, a Jack Russell terrier named Skip. The smart and playful Skip gets his owner into a series of adventures on the baseball field and with a band of moonshiners, quickly turning Willie into a popular, accepted kid who even wins the affections of the school's prettiest girl, Rivers Applewhite (Caitlin Wachs). In the meantime, Dink returns from war branded a coward for an incident that occurred in combat but finds an unexpected ally in the normally taciturn Jack, a fellow veteran. Harry Connick Jr. narrated as the adult Willie; the role of Skip was played in later scenes by Moose, the pooch star of television's Frasier. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Racing Stripes
A horse of a different pattern becomes a spoiler in a high-stakes race in the family-friendly comedy-drama. Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood) is a farmer who once earned his living training racehorses before his wife was killed in an accident while riding, which led him to leave the racing game. Nolan tends to his farm and looks after his daughter Channing (Hayden Panettiere) and a large flock of animals, who speak to one another but not to humans. After a traveling circus passes through town, a zebra pony is left behind; Nolan takes in the animal, intending to return it to the circus, but at Channing's insistence they keep the zebra, naming him Stripes (voiced by Frankie Muniz). Channing loves Stripes, and the zebra is welcomed by the other critters on the farm, including grumpy Shetland pony Tucker (voiced by Dustin Hoffman), slow-moving hound dog Lightning (voiced by Snoop Dogg), a New Jersey-born pelican named Goose (voiced by Joe Pantoliano), skinny-brained rooster Reggie (voiced by Jeff Foxworthy), and deep-thinking goat Franny (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg). Channing discovers that Stripes can outrun nearly any horse around, and Woodzie (M. Emmett Walsh), a local character who has spent years handicapping the ponies, is convinced the zebra would be shoo-in in the Kentucky Open, a prestigious race held at the estate of champion horse breeder Clara Dalrymple (Wendie Malick). Channing believes Stripes can win, but he'll need the help of Nolan, who isn't so sure he's ready to start training again; meanwhile, Stripes gets plenty of advice from the other farm animals about his big step onto the race track. Mandy Moore, David Spade, and Steve Harvey also contribute their voice talents to the picture. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Frankie Muniz
    Frankie Muniz - Willie Morris
  • Diane Lane
    Diane Lane - Ellen Morris
  • Luke Wilson
    Luke Wilson - Dink Jenkins
  • Kevin Bacon
    Kevin Bacon - Jack Morris
  • Caitlin Wachs
    Caitlin Wachs - Rivers Applewhite
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